Genetic material from your food is not absorbed by your body

A report in 2012, published in the journal Cell Research, seemed to suggest that genetic material, specifically microRNA, could pass from a person’s small intestine and into their blood stream. These microRNAs are small pieces of genetic code that cells use to modify the expression of certain genes. Think of them as dimmer switches on…

BioBit – Ribosomes, the protein construction crew.

Ribosomes are large molecules that are responsible for the production of all the protein that your cells need to perform their specific function. Ribosomes are unique within the cell because they are made up of both protein and a special type of RNA, ribosomal RNA (rRNA). Together, they form the two subunits of a ribosome,…

BioBit – DNA, RNA and Protein: The essence of life.

Life as we know it on earth could not exist without three molecules: DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), and protein. We rely on them for everything that happens in our body. Here’s a brief introduction: DNA: Stores all the information on how to build your body. This information is what we call genes. All…